Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies honors Dame Joan Collins, Anjelica Huston and Marcel Loh at annual Talk of the Town gala

November 21, 2016

Special Performance by The Bangles

Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, (ABCs), hosts its annual, star-studded Talk of the Town black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Gala benefits breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Award-winning actress, author, producer and entrepreneur Dame Joan Collins received the Spirit of Entertainment Award; Academy Award-winning actress, director and author Anjelica Huston was honored with the Spirit of Hollywood Award and Marcel Loh, chief executive, Providence Saint John’s Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute, was presented the Spirit of Hope Award. Sheri Rosenblum was gala chair and Beverly Cohen was décor chair. E! News chief news correspondent Melanie Bromley hosted the event and The Bangles performed.

“Each of our honorees have been significantly affected by cancer and are extraordinary role models and dedicated supporters of cancer research,” said ABCs president, Gloria Gebbia. “Each of us is a part of this great community that unites in a common goal to improve the lives of people with cancer and to find a cure. Together we will make a difference.”  

“The generous, on-going support provided by the ABCs has been instrumental in advancing the Institute’s breast and prostate cancer research,” said Patrick Wayne, chairman of the board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and son of the legendary actor John Wayne. “Our physicians and scientists are at the forefront of groundbreaking cancer research, which would not be possible without the ongoing philanthropic efforts of Gloria Gebbia and the ABCs.”

ABCs president Gloria Gebbia presented the Spirit of Entertainment Award to Dame Joan Collins. Winner of two Golden Globes and a People’s Choice Award as well as a recipient of numerous other awards worldwide, Collins has appeared in more than 60 feature films and dozens of television programs. Collins has published sixteen books, beginning with her first best-selling autobiography, Past Imperfect, which she followed with The Joan Collins Beauty Book. Her latest novel, The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club was recently published by Little, Brown. She is an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She has supported several foster children in India for 25 years. In 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II elevated Joan Collins to Dame Commander of the British Empire (D.B.E.) for her lifetime contribution to charity work, after having presented her with The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for her services to the arts in 1997.

Patrick Wayne presented the Spirit of Hollywood Award to Academy Award-winning actress and director Anjelica Huston. Huston received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Prizzi’s Honor” and a Golden Globe Award for HBO’s “Iron Jawed Angels.” She starred in the Golden Globe-nominated television series “Smash” on NBC. Additional television credits include a recurring role on Showtime’s original series “Huff” and an Emmy-nominated guest-starring role on “Medium.” She currently appears in Season 3 of Amazon’s acclaimed series “Transparent.” Her directorial debut was an adaption of Dorothy Allison’s best-selling memoir, “Bastard Out of Carolina,” which garnered critical acclaim. Huston is a New York Times bestselling author of her two-part memoir “A Story Lately Told” and “Watch Me.” She is a member of the Film Foundation’s Artists Rights Council, a spokesperson for PETA, The Humane Society, Amnesty International and a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign. 

The Spirit of Hope Award was presented to Marcel Loh by last year’s Spirit of Hope honoree Dr. Richard Wright, chairman of the board, Pacific Heart Institute. For 14 years, Loh served in executive roles for Swedish Health Services, a not-for-profit health system in Seattle and an affiliate of Providence Health & Services. Loh holds a master’s in hospital administration from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of North Dakota. In addition to being a past chairman of the Washington State Hospital Association, he is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), past ACHE Regent for Washington state and currently serves as a governor on the national ACHE board. He also serves on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board region 9. Loh completed a military career as an Army Officer in the Medical Service Corps and retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.

About the ABCs
The ABCs was formed 27 years ago by a group of dedicated philanthropists who had originally been associated with the Eddie Cantor Charitable Foundation, an organization that supported a variety of causes. These individuals wanted to devote all their charitable efforts and resources to eradicating cancer and unanimously chose to support progressive and innovative breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Today, the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies are over 150 members strong and growing. They dedicate their efforts to funding research in breast and prostate cancer at the Institute, and since 1990, have raised more than $14 million. For more information, please visit

About the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center
Since 1981, the family of John Wayne has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. For more than 30 years, the courageous and dedicated researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. Today the tradition of excellence continues as the Institute spearheads new research advances, while training the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer through its renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. The Institute’s programs focus on melanoma, breast, neuro, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as innovative research in cancer genomics, molecular biomarkers, and chemo- and immunotherapies. With its unique ability to rapidly turn scientific discoveries into novel approaches for early detection and treatment, the Institute provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere. For more information, please visit

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